Artists are given a challenge every two months to create a NEW piece of work that incorporates a designated theme. We find that having parameters and accountability help motivate and inspire us. Salons last three to four hours and are often hosted by in a member’s home. During this time each artist shares their artwork and reflects on their creative process. Feedback is welcome and supportive. We also take time to enjoy a small lunch together.
I believe that every piece of art is a ‘self-portrait.’ In my best work, I say a lot about myself. I can’t help myself. I tell you what makes me laugh. Or cry. I hide somewhere in that image a mote of aggravation. I let you know how inadequate I feel. I scatter metaphysical musings. Sometimes I purposely share who I am. Many times Maureen is hidden somewhere in my photo. Sometimes my secrets seep out subconsciously. My colleagues and family sometimes see ‘me’ in my work, and I am indebted to them when they tell me who they see.
It is humbling. An artist needs to be vulnerable. And very courageous.
In the next salon, we challenge you to intentionally create a self-portrait.
by Maureen B. Fitzmahan. Photos by Maureen Fitzmahan and Katie Strange.
The 4th year of THE ART JUNKET began with the Salon on March 3, 2018. The Salon was held in Berkeley, California at Kaitlin Fitzmahan Strange’s home.
The Salon was attended by Maureen Fitzmahan, Ana Perches, Brian Nelson, Manya Nelson, Kaitlin Fitzmahan Strange, Lucy Beck, Erin Mahollitz, Tony Jones, Zoey Olbum, Annelise Dohrer, Yun Suh, and Tao Graham.